Director of Recreation

Requisition ID: 15093 



The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.  With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


The Director, Recreation Services is responsible for the overall management of Recreation Services within the Park Board including accountability and reporting, and relationships with a range of community based stakeholders and user groups and having overall responsibility for approximately 350 regular full-time staff.  The Director is also responsible to develop the recreation facilities to their service potential and to seek and secure new opportunities through leadership, superior business acumen, and excellent customer relations.   As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director manages key department priorites and delivers service to a range of internal and external customers through strategic leadership and sound financial management, manages key department priorities and delivers service to a range of internal and external


This position reports to the General Manager and works closely with the Park Board Commissioners, Park Board staff, Community Centre Associations, City staff and Council, other levels of government, funding agencies, developers and the public.


As the ideal candidate you will bring a combination of vision leadership and guidance with directing the operations and administration of Recreation Services.  You will have a Degree in a relevant discipline such as Public or Business Administration or Recreation Services along with 10-15 years’ experience leading diverse and complex projects and teams.  You have extensive experience of Recreation Operations, ideally in a municipal government setting, worked in a large, complex, matrix organization, and have experience working in a highly unionized environment. You have a proven ability to look for opportunities to improve operations and approaches, and have a track record of initiating change in a positive manner.   The successful candidate will play a significant role in leading initiatives, providing thought leadership broadly within the Park Board and City as well as working in concert with the community.


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 


Application Close Date: December 8, 2019

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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